Recently, HTC unveiled and announced the HTC Desire 620, a mid-range smartphone. Taiwan will receive the device first, and other Asian markets are expected to follow suit. No announcements have been made on international availability at this time. Either way, the device will hit Taiwan sometime in December at a very reasonable price. Its middling specs won’t impress every smartphone enthusiast, but the Desire 620 offers a few worthwhile features, especially for first-time or budget conscious smartphone owners.
Looking at the Hardware and Software of The Desire 620
A 5-inch, 720x1280p screen is powered by an older Snapdragon 410 processor and 1GB of RAM. Front- and rear-facing cameras come in at 8 and 5 MP, respectively. WIth a 2,100 mAh battery, the device should get through a day of moderate use on a single charge. Expandable storage will up the phone’s meager 8GB of internal storage with ease. Fortunately, HTC’s Desire 620 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and Sense 6 UI. That interface doesn’t change stock Android OS too much, so users won’t find it annoying or unmanageable.
Dual SIM Capabilities
Perhaps the biggest draw of the HTC Desire 620 is its dual-SIM feature. Users can place two SIM cards into the phone for various purposes. Whether they’re traveling internationally or want a dual-purpose phone, owners can make it happen with this device. Dual-SIM devices are popular internationally, but consumers in the United States haven’t been exposed to many of these devices over the years. It’s not a surprising feature for Asian markets, and it’s a decent draw for the Desire 620 that should lead to more sales in the region.
What about the price?
The HTC Desire 620 will cost $160 or $225 USD, which is a fine price for a mid-range smartphone. Two models of the device will be available, and only the processor in each device sets them apart. Most users will want to opt for the slightly more expensive version because it features a more powerful Snapdragon 410 processor. Then again, budget-minded buyers will have no problems saving $60 USD on a slightly less impressive processor. This particular Snapdragon does offer 64-bit capabilities, though.
What about Android 5.0 Lollipop?
Since the device is releasing with Android 4.4 KitKat, chances are low the device will upgrade to Android Lollipop. A mid-range device often won’t receive too many Android OS updates. The device’s processor won’t be able to take proper advantage of its 64-bit architecture without an upgrade to Android 5.0, though. For that reason, some users might pass on this device unless plans for a Lollipop upgrade are announced before or directly after the Desire 620’s release.
A Decent Phone At A Great Price
In the end, the HTC Desire 620 comes at a more than affordable price for Asian markets, especially in Taiwan. Users that can’t afford the more expensive HTC One M8 can opt for this capable device. They’ll receive a phone that can handle most tasks without falling apart. At the price of $225 USD, it’s hard to complain about middling specifications. Android 4.4 is still a great operating system, and it’s relatively new. If the Desire 620 is upgradeable to Android Lollipop, then the device will be more than worth its price tag.
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